It’s about time though. Just some things that are on my mind.

I know that news media has been rapidly and visibly changing. It’s not a new phenomena that news is broken over social media instead of traditional mediums. But these two articles, one about Snowden’s escape drama and the other about Wendy Davis’ filibuster, really hit me for some reason. Found at BuzzFeed and The Daily Dot, respectively. Please don’t disregard the Snowden link because it’s from BuzzFeed and it’s titled “You Don’t Have To Like Edward Snowden.” Just check out the first paragraph.

This dude’s books are free on starting today. Matt Owens Rees. Even though I’m good at google, I didn’t go past the 2nd page google search page. His blog must be new, but from a quick glance at his author profile, he’s trying to use first-person accounts of Thais to bring greater understanding to the mainstream opinions on Thailand. I’m especially interested in The Thai Way of Meekness, which follows a Thai academic’s thesis that (I’m assuming? Haven’t read any) is about how early Christian missionaries failed because they were unaware and unable to recognize Thai norms. So if you’re interested in anthropology/Thai culture, it can’t hurt to invest for future reading (cause they’re free).

Here’s this blog called The Marriage Project. Started because someone wanted to know why their friends were getting married. It’s a space to tease out the experiences versus the expectations, and what “the (marriage) reality” is to (many different) women. The answers are awesome. The whole thing seems insanely wonderful.

PS: this article from the NY Times has Snowden through the eyes of a spy novelist. Which is what this is to me. Sadly, the article has a more realistic and somber tone than the pop-y title suggests.

Can We Talk About More Than Plastic Surgery?

Quite the fuss is strewn across the internet about how the 2013 Korean beauty pageant contestants all look like the same person.  There’s this reddit image of them all in a line. And here’s one of them in a Brady Brunch-type block set. Then there’s this quickly looping .gif of the candidates combined into one, which hurts to look at for longer than a minute. And then there’s Buzzfeed, who summarized it all for you.

While some netizens cry race and other blame plastic surgery, I claim there’s got to be more to it than that. There’s make-up. There’s Photoshop. But really, this exhibits a symptom (not in the negative sense) of a greater whole: at what strict, narrow definitions beauty and attractiveness have in South Korea. Moreover – from where do these definitions come? Continue reading

Casual Conversations with Coworkers

guys I don’t post because I’m DOING THINGS with my life. Like watching my first Hitchcock film or becoming obsessed with Woody Allen’s (changing philosophies about relationships as portrayed in his trajectory of) movies.

These are snippets of – or sometimes full – conversations which were said causally in passing the past two days. They are all in reference to the “increased” “tension” on the Korean peninsula between the ever capricious North Korea and the world’s superpowers.
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Have you ever known me to use social media to state what I’m really doing?

I began on Wednesday to write a post about 3 awe-inspiring occurances that happened to me at work. Until I noticed I spent an inordinate amount of time giving backstory about the workings of my day, which then prompted the realization that I haven’t made a post about what I actually do. Shocker. (Sarcasm).

So against my nature, I’m going to write about things that happen almost daily in my life. In the coming week, you can anticipate a (currently untitled) Part I describing my job. I’ll try not to make it a complete infomercial. After that’s been digested, I’ll post a follow-up Part II entitled Games, Frowny Faces, and Bad Manners.

In summation: I have a twofer coming your way shortly. Get pumped.

Inner-Monologue While Viewing Someone’s Publicly Displayed Honeymoon Photos

I have used Facebook more the past month than I have the past 2 years combined. I have friended more people since I got to Korea than I have in the past 4, and that’s honestly not an exaggeration. Facebook has been a fundamental part of keeping in touch with some friends back home; I cannot overstate its messaging convenience. For continuing old networks and helping to form new ones, I am very grateful to have Facebook as a medium where this sort of contact is possible. Unfortunately, looking at it so much more than I used to has reminded me why I stopped using it.

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